EOS Defense Systems USA, Inc, the US defence subsidiary of Australia’s Electro Optic Systems (EOS) has been selected to provide its AS-65 gimbal, developed for the R150 remote weapon system (RWS), as the positioning component for the L3Harris Vehicle Agnostic Modular Palletized ISR Rocket Equipment – or VAMPIRE™.
CAPTION: L3Harris Vampire™ with EOS AS65 gimbal on a truck. Image supplied.
VAMPIRE is a vehicle-agnostic, rapid weapon deployment solution that gives ground forces the ability to quickly and accurately engage targets.
L3Harris received a contract from the US Department of Defense to deliver 14 of their VAMPIRE multi-purpose weapons systems to strengthen Ukrainian security defence efforts and allow Ukraine ground forces to target and shoot down enemy drones and defend against adversary ground threats.
An EOS spokesperson said that by selecting the EOS AS-65, L3Harris was choosing the lightest weight and most precise gimbal in the industry, enabling unmatched accuracy and stabilisation.
“AS-65 is the smallest gimbal within the EOS weapon system family and is capable of precisely aiming and firing rockets, missiles and other payloads, supporting ground-to-ground, and ground-to-air delivery with high speed and precision strike capability,” the spokesperson said.
“For the VAMPIRE system, the EOS AS-65 is coupled with the Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) in a 4-pack launcher configuration providing long-range accuracy to destroy up to Group 3 UAS threats at a wide variety of speeds, ranges and altitudes.
“The 70mm diameter laser-guided rocket is effective at tracking and killing targets using advanced seeker optics and four guidance wings that are deployed after firing.”
EOS will perform integration and support operations for the VAMPIRE™ system from its US facility in Huntsville, Alabama.